Steve Perry Biography

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Name: Steve Perry

Born: January 22, 1949

Birthplace: Hanford, California

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Mother: Mary Perry

Father: Raymond Perry

Siblings: Only Child

Steve Perry has had a very successful career. He has lead one of the most successful bands of the 70's, 80's, and 90's while continuing a prosperous solo career. Mr. Perry is best known for being the lead singer in the band Journey. He recorded 10 albums with Journey that sold more then 45 million copies. With this Steve also recorded two highly successful solo albums.

Perry, who originally played drums, was involved with several pre-Journey bands including The Nocturns, Dollar Bills, Sullies, Pieces, and Alien Project. The Sullies won the battle of the bands in Calaveris County, playing against 80 other bands. Alien Project was close to signing a record deal when their bass player was killed in an auto accident on July 4th. Steve almost gave up on music for good. Shortly after, though, he was contacted by Herbie Herbert, who said the band Journey listened to a demo tape and liked his singing style. None of Perry's former bands recorded any official material.

With Perry on vocals, Journey's style would change. Their fourth album, Infinity (1978), became their first successful album. They would go on to record nine more albums. Journey with Steve became one of the late 70's early 80's "Stadium Bands". That means they could fill any stadium in any town and that is just what they did. Steve, while still with Journey, also release a solo effort to rave reviews. The name of the record was "Street Talk". Perry also appeared on numerous soundtracks(with Journey) and on the record "We Are The World" by USA For Africa.

After recording Journey's 9th album "RAISED ON RADIO" Steve took time off from music to help take care of his ill mother. With Perry not there Journey disbanded. In 1994, Steve emerged from out of what seemed like no where to release his second solo album "For the Love Of Strange Medicine". On the record was a song entitled "Any Way" which was about the time apart from the band. After Perry came back it was only a matter of time before Journey was back. In 1996 Journey reformed to release their 10th and final album with Steve called "TRIAL BY FIRE". The band finally received their first Grammy nomination with the release of their reunion album. The song "When You Love A Woman" was nominated in the category for 'Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.'

In May 1998 Steve Perry announced that he was officially leaving Journey. The split came in the wake of a conversation between Perry and Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain in which it was decided that, if Perry's health issues prohibited him from committing to a tour at that time, Cain and original Journey guitarist Neil Schon would reform the band with a new singer. Drummer Steve Smith also left Journey.

Perry has recently worked with David Foster and Carole Bayer-Sager in writing and recording "I Stand Alone," the principle track for the soundtrack to the animated feature film Quest For Camelot.

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I see a brighter light | Reviewer: Beverly | 3/29/14

I have had my fair share of health issues and hard days where I just wanted to stay in bed but I started listening to your music again and it helped me see a brighter light. I just want to thank the amazing Steve Perry for his extradinary, beautiful voice and helping me be more positive and happy. I feel so much better now and I listen to your music everyday. You are amazing Steve Perry

The Golden Voice | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/12/13

The best voice ever,super talented musician. I listen to your songs all the time and will never get tired of it. I just wish that we could listen to some more new songs from you,please!! Concert maybe,wherever it's going to be,I will be there to see you and listen to you "The Voice". You are such a beautiful person . God Bless you Mr. Steve Perry.Love you always.

Jam Session | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/20/13

In the Mid 80s, we met at the American Legion in Kempner, TX,just a few miles from Fort Hood. Do you remember me. I played drums while you sang? I was SSG Thomas Fleming at the time.

Grandkids | Reviewer: Rena | 8/10/13

Dear Mr. Perry,

Do you have a step brother or any kids? I know someone that looks exactly like your ex band member Neil? Also, this persons birthday is the same as yours and this persons kids have the same freckles in the same spot as you and they look like you. Sorry but its the truth. Want to know if you have a long lost brother or kids.
Signed Rena

Cancer Treatment | Reviewer: Rena | 8/10/13

Dear Steve,

I heard that a ketone diet is good to get rid of cancer. No carbs no sugar.. I heard this on Dr. Robertson. A lady on his show said that if you eat only meats and fats like butter, etc.. no carbs no sugar that you can get rid of cancer. Cancer feeds on sugar. Love the song ( WHEN YOU LOVE A WOMAN))) I want to sing it with you but of course I like men not women. http: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=idE1lsqG2Vc

God bless you!

Rena

The dream that will probably never be a reality! | Reviewer: Tammy Chapman | 8/2/13

I fell hard when I took Jouneys record to school at 8 years old for music class. We got to play one song and I was hooked from then on I chose Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' and from then on I loved his music. Every song has a special memory attached to it its like he wrote and sang all of his songs for me. He is the greatest artist in the world. I got married and when I walked down the isle it was to Open Arms their wasn't a dry eye in the church. Whenever I've been down I listen to Steve and he's gotten me through a lot of rough times. At 20 years old I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and I listened to Journey for weeks at first I was in tears and he brought me out of a very hard time then and many times after that. Music is a true healer if it wasn't for Steve Perrys voice I would have just gone crazy sometimes their is no voice like his and no other artist comes close to his art talent and compassion that comes from him when he sings. Hundreds of years from now people will still be playing his music and crying laughing dancing and loving it just as much as I do because some artists will never die and will always be there when your sad happy or you just need a pick me up well just listen he can fix anything and he will live on forever. Thanks Steve Perry for being an Angel in the dark that brings everything to light and turns your life back to right.

The voice of an angel | Reviewer: Diana rubino | 7/16/13

I've been listening to journey for years now. Steve perry has inspired me to sing his # one hit don't stop beliven at all my karoake functions along with open arms. I do hope I get to see journey if they ever do reunite. I hope to find a band that I can sing with and play a tribute to your great band of the 80s. You have been missed and I will never forget you. You are my favorite all time singer with the perfect voice that I have followed.

REBORN | Reviewer: Lorrie | 7/1/13

I recently began to listen to Journey again. I was a huge fan in the 70's, 80's and 90's particularly of Steve Perry. Listening now to Pandora I hear those wonderful melodic tones and sweet notes and it makes me want to cry. What a special voice you have Steve, please come back and sing to us again. I too suffer from Arthritis and I feel your pain but it only takes a few songs from you and I am up Dancing. I wish you the very best and pray you will answer our plea.

Great Memories | Reviewer: Dianna Armor | 6/28/13

You will always hold a special place in my heart. I remember seeing you in Salt Lake City at The Salt Palace. We were in the front row and we were having the greatest time, you even commented on our group of people having such a good time!!! In 1995 I moved from SLC to Lemoore, California. The first thing that came to my mind was, I'm moving to the town where Steve Perry grew up!! YES!! I'm still here and listen to your songs often, greatest singer ever!! So many wonderful memories with friends and enjoying your music! Wish you the best!!

The most beautiful voice I have ever heard | Reviewer: Paula | 6/25/13

Your voice is amazing. I could listen to you forever. I wish the best for you. I too am trying to come overcome loss of two very important people in my life. My parents. Thank you,thank you,thank you!

the voice of a lifetime Steve Perry | Reviewer: faithfully a fan | 4/8/13

Steve from the first time I heard your voice I was hooked. I have listened to you for as long as I can remember. I even had "the hat and musical note necklace ". You were wallpaper in my room lol. I saw you live and it was amazing. You to this day may me feel your songs through your passion in your voicyo I thank you for being so passionate and loving music they way you do. God bless and hope for one more tour.

Faithfully yours,
Elizabeth Pence-Blalock

Houston Texas

THE UNCOMPARABLE SINGER | Reviewer: Dada | 4/4/13

Hi... Steve .. I'm Dada from Philippines . I really love your songs and your voice really amazed me.Your songs and voice help me a lot in my daily routine.You inspired me a lot .I have your DVD's and I play it everyday.I wish you could perform and sing again. I love you so much Steve. Please go back on stage and sing with us once again. I love you and I missed your voice. Take care always and get well soon. GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS...

A MI INOLVIDABLE GIA EN LOS 80' MI '' IDOLO'' | Reviewer: ALEX PLAZA | 4/2/13

NO EXISTE NADIE Q ME AGA SENTIR CON SU VOS DE LA FORMA EN Q' STEVE PERRY SU ENTREGA ES TOTAL EN CADA CANCION PONE EL AMA Y EL CORAZON, Y CUANDO ME SIENTO SOLO ,TRISTE O DEPRIMIDO CON SOLO ESCUCHAR SU VOS MI MUNDO VUELVE A LA NORMALIDAD,GRACIAS STEVE PERRY POR TODAS TUS CANCIONES LO UNICO Q' PUDO HACER LEVANTARME Y APLAUDIRTE POR LARGO TIEMPO,GRACIAS'''

Why? | Reviewer: Janet | 3/31/13

We've all lost great musicians because of airplane crashes, over-doses and suicide but Steve Perry we haven't lost. I'm happy that he is alive, healthy, happy and at peace; hopefully one day he'll start singing again and we can relive the wonderful memories of the songs of the 70's!

Erika | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/27/13

Steve perry,You have a phenomenal voice & I Did see you live in Orlando Florida in 1985 I think with reo speed wagon and a few others Ill
Never forget that day ,your a beautyfull person in everyway love you always!!


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